December 31, 2011 marked the 1st annual “Skate into the New Year’s” event for RinkRat 19.  We are used to skating for hours at a time over Christmas break in Hockeytown, USA.  Whether it’s in the Gardens, Olympic, outdoor rink, or on the frozen lake next to the ice fishing house; we always took advantage of the available ice time.  So this event was created to bring a some of that Warroad mystique to the cities.  We opened the Drake arena doors and invited all past campers to skate for free.  No rules, no drills, no coaches.  Hockey in its purest form…rinkrat hockey!  It was a great way to celebrate another year of  RinkRat 19 Hockey Schools!

Rachel and Marissa brought their buddies and might have earned first star.  Sophia was the only one in her family of 5 to show up…we know who the true RinkRat 19 kid is in that family.   Katie, Jack, and Enya traveled all the way from Wisconsin to skate with us.  It was a fantastic turnout and the kids were blessed with a special guest:  Caitlin Cahow.  She’s a 2 time Olympian, 4-time World Champion, and All-American defensemen out of Harvard.  Thanks to Caitlin for skating with the RinkRat 19 team!

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